Bad habbit with high balls

Discussion in 'Tennis Tips/Instruction' started by mauri_99, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. mauri_99

    mauri_99 New User

    Nov 29, 2009
    hi i really have the bad habbit to hit a reverse forehand when i get a high ball above shoulder high i use a western grip sometimes it is good because a feeew times i get it deep with a lot of topspin but only a few times almost always the ball lands short and i loose the point i tried to hit with my normal follow through but it doesnt have the topspin i want to get
    maybe is the lack of shoulder rotation that dont let me produce more spin what do you thing??:)
  2. LeeD

    LeeD Bionic Poster

    Dec 28, 2008
    East side of San Francisco Bay
    More than full shoulder turn for those head high balls.
    I see the top juniors doing that, along with closed feet, even thos their normal rally ball is well open stances.
    They also follow thru sorta flat, to produce a much faster moving less spinning groundie for a forcing shot or winner.
    If they get run wide to get this ball, they go for loopy high clearance topspin shots.
  3. papa

    papa Hall of Fame

    Jul 13, 2004
    Well also, depending on the height, you have to close down the racquet face a bit or you end up flying the ball with little to no top on it.
  4. charliefedererer

    charliefedererer Legend

    Feb 13, 2009
    Don't forget that a lot of those high balls have less forward momentum than a flat drive.
    The speed of the ball leaving your racquet is equal to your racquet speed plus 55% of the speed of the incoming ball.
    Therefore, even though you are taking a good whack at the ball, it may be coming off slower than if you were returning a hard deep drive.
    So don't get impatient that your shot is not a winner or a forcing shot. You may just have to wait for a shorter ball, or one more angled, to hit a forcing shot to the open court.

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